Sunday, April 20, 2014

Four Happiness

Hi there again!  I've a card to share that I made for Friday Mashup.  The challenge this week includes the sketch below and the "mash up" part is to use an Ombre` Background.


Our dogwood tree is starting to bloom and the blossoms are so beautiful, it really inspired me to make a card with a range of pinks.  I thought I had a stamp with a dogwood flower but I don't, so I pulled out the lovely rose from Happiness Shared and colored it with reinkers and a blender pen.


I also decided to try my hand at the Ombre` background, using Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple.  Originally I was going to use a brayer, but don't have a Raspberry ink pad, so I ended up sponging the colors onto Very Vanilla.  I really like how it looks but was a bit disappointed that I could not completely blend away all the sponge marks in the Raspberry section.  Probably a technique I will have to practice, but I still think it turned out okay(???).


I kept the rest of the card simple, with only the Baker's Twine as an embellishment because it seemed like there was already a lot going on here.

Well, it didn't turn out quite as I imagined, and I'm not sure meshing together the background technique and the watercolor image works (trendy vs. classic).  But one doesn't learn until trying, so I'll keep trying!! ; - )

Thanks for taking a look.  Have a great week ahead!

Hugs,

Stef


Product details:
Stamps:  Four You, Happiness Shared
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Watercolor
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette
Other:  Gold Baker's Twine

4 comments:

Leigh said...

Stef, your ombre background is really great. Very simple yet effective card.

Marsha J Reed said...

Very pretty! Love the rose. It's very reminiscent of the wild Iowa Rose which is our state flower. Love the background, too.

Simply Sara Stampin' said...

Stef, your card is so pretty. I love the pinks you used to get the ombre effect, and the green under your flower really helps the flower stand out...love it! Thanks for playing with us at the Friday Mashup.
Sara

Cindy Brumbaugh said...

Another wonderful creation, Stef! Your ombre background is fabulous and goes so well with the blooms. The gold twine is a nice accent as well. TFS with us at the Friday Mashup this week!